The EPA Is Once Again Updating Its Fuel-Economy Metrics

The resulting estimates should now be easier for consumers to hit.

Fuel-economy numbers have been a big hit in the news over the past couple years. Multiple automakers have been caught inflating their mileage estimates, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had to step in and chide most of them, resulting in amended numbers that are lower than they previously were. In order to cut down on these occurrences, the EPA is releasing a new set of guidelines for manufacturers regarding how these numbers are calculated.

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Recall Roundup: Nissan/Infiniti Steering Columns, Chevrolet/Pontiac Power Steering

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Nissan has issued a recall for approximately 17,000 vehicles from both Infiniti and Nissan brands. The issue lies with the steering column; the column's outer tube might not be perfectly round. Since it's not perfectly round, it's putting stress on one bearing more than the other, which may cause it to break. One of two things could then happen: Either the steering column gets some extra play, or the steering stops working entirely.

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One Automotive Supplier Is Creating a System to Automatically Detect Body Damage

Hella could end up benefitting both individuals and businesses.

Imagine this: You're returning to your company car, which has been parked on a nearby side street for a couple hours. When you reach the vehicle, you're aghast to discover a giant sideswipe mark across one side of the car. Naturally, the perpetrator is long gone, leaving you with a frustrating amount of explaining to do to both the police and your boss. If automotive supplier Hella has its way, this hypothetical scenario could very well become a problem of the past.

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Recall Roundup: Mercedes-Benz Seals, and Two from both Toyota and Land Rover

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Our first recall comes by way of Mercedes-Benz. The automaker is recalling nearly 150,000 sedans for an issue with a loose rubber seal. If an owner opens the hood, that seal might accidentally stick to the hood; were that seal to fall off the hood and land somewhere in the engine bay, it may come in contact with a heat source, melt, and cause a fire.

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Recall Roundup: GM Crossover Tires, Toyota Steering Shaft, and Three from Jaguar Land Rover

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Bad welding has led Toyota to issue a recall for 120 copies of the 2014 FJ Cruiser SUV. The poor welds lie on the intermediate shaft that connects the steering wheel to the steering gear box; if that weld happens to separate, as is the current concern, the driver might experience a complete loss of steering. Nobody has been injured by this yet, but just to be sure, Toyota will replace every affected intermediate shaft.

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Recall Roundup: Jeep Airbags, VW Fuel Leaks, Toyota Short Circuits, Takata Airbag Inflators

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Jeep has issued a recall covering 228,181 2014-2015 Cherokee crossovers over concerns with the vehicle's side airbags. If a driver gets particularly "spirited" in a corner, the vehicle's balance may upset to the point where the side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags might go off, because of an overactive rollover sensor. The fix is a quick reflash of the software that controls airbag deployment.

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